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Toolbox items

by Tom Jones

We asked forum members to tell us what stuff they carry in their toolbox in addition to a basic set of tools. One caveat - more tools and stuff translates to increased storage needs and added weight.

  • Plumber's tape - that metal tape with holes in that comes in a roll and can be purchased at the hardware store. It could be used to temporarily re-hang something that's falling off until a permanent repair can be made.
  • Teflon tape for those seeping plumbing connections.
  • Silicone sealant.
  • Shoe goo for temporary shoe repairs.
  • A good crimping tool and an assortment of electrical crimp connectors. Useful when you want to connect an additional 12V item or need to replace a connector that has become detached from a wire.
  • A coax crimping tool and an assortment of F connectors.
  • Duct Tape. Useful for numerous temporary wrapping, sealing and fastening jobs.
  • Self-amalgamating tape, a stretchy rubber tape also known as "Tommy tape". Used for insulating electrical connections in wet locations.
  • Electrical tape.
  • Liquid tape.
  • WD40.
  • A digital multimeter. Useful for diagnosing electrical problems.
  • Special pliers with rubber lined jaws to remove water faucet screens and chrome lug nut covers.
  • A leatherman multi-purpose tool.
  • An 8 inch length of rubber fuel line to remove valve caps on inside duals and front wheels.